Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Kentucky 4.9% -0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 223,955. There are now 126,951 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 97,004 -418 -6,129

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to August 2016

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 97,004
July 2016 4.9% 5.0% 97,422
June 2016 4.9% 5.0% 99,408
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 101,230
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 106,220
March 2016 5.0% 5.6% 111,960
February 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,921
January 2016 4.9% 5.8% 114,305
December 2015 5.0% 5.7% 112,030
November 2015 5.0% 5.6% 109,444
October 2015 5.0% 5.5% 106,919
September 2015 5.1% 5.4% 104,666